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Venus in Furs (1969)
"Paroxismus" (original title)

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A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

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In Istanbul, a jazz trumpeter pulls the murdered body of a young woman from the surf. He remembers her from the night before, when he saw her at a millionaire playboy's party and then later watched as she was assaulted by the party's host and two of his friends. In confusion, Jimmy, the musician, leaves for Rio where he finds the sympathetic ear of Rita, a singer who invites him to live with her and helps him recover his equilibrium and his musical ability. Then, into the room walks a woman who looks like Wanda, the murder victim. Jimmy pursues her, not caring if she's alive or dead. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jess Franco wanted the film to be titled "Black Angel" but distributors changed the title for marketing reasons and also altered the director's original ending. See more »

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Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?
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A surreal and erotic fantasy-noir that operates completely on its own inner logic
20 June 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Venus In Furs" is, like almost every other Franco psychedelic film, difficult to keep track of. However, its more coherent than "Succubus" (meaning there is a linear storyline, it just may take several viewings to decipher it). Also, like all of Franco's best work, it achieves a certain flow. Franco, like David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky, operates on his own inner logic and creates a truly unique world. Hes an exploitation filmmaker through and through (contrary to some of his fans who place him on the level of Fellini), but hes one of the most visionary and talented out there. Hes also extremely prolific, but only about ten percent of what hes done is worth watching. "Venus In Furs" is one of his best works.

One of the things that makes this so special is the marriage of Franco's trademark erotic-surreal-horror to a film noir framing. The narration by James Darren immediately brings to mind the desperate internal monologue of "Detour". Both Barbara McNair and Maria Rohm are both beautiful (as usual with Franco's leading ladies at the time) and exude the mysterious air needed for the roles. Klaus Kinski has merely a supporting role, but hes fun to watch as usual. The only flaw about the film is that some of the sequences seem to go on for a bit too long (particularly the ones with Kinski towards the end). However, it never becomes truly erroneous, something that can't be said for all of Franco's work. (8/10)


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